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Department of Plant Sciences

 

Headline research projects for this theme:

Variations in phenol availability from decomposing macrophyte litter could enhance methane production from lake sediments with a major impact on global carbon cycling. Lead: Andrew Tanentzap

Stable isotopes define rainforest bryophyte distribution and montane bryophytes make a significant contribution carbon and water storage. Lead: Howard Griffiths

Tropical forest resilience: a repeat LIDAR survey of 300 km2 of Malaysian rainforest reveal widespread leaf loss in response to El Nino event but little mortality. Lead: David Coomes

Contributing research groups: 

 

Some projects will be specifically targeted towards defined UKRI Research Council DTP schemes, as well as being open for applicants applying to the University's Postgraduate Funding Competition or other sources of funding.

Potential applicants should always approach the potential Supervisor/Group Leader in the first instance to discuss eligibility.

Key to funding opportunities below:

  • GFC = Postgraduate Funding Competition,
  • NERC = Cambridge NERC C-CLEAR DTP,
  • OTHER = Other sources of funding

 

Title Description
Coomes Group: *Priority CASE Project* Restoring Scotland’s Native Woodlands: Understanding Benefits and Constraints Using the Cairngorms Connect Landscape Restoration Project

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: A Hard Nut to Crack: The Evolution, Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Oaks

NERC / UF / OTHER

Coomes Group: Will Forests Be Effective Nature-based Solutions as the World’s Climate Changes?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Cunniffe Group: Tainted Love? Modelling the epidemiology, ecology and evolutionary consequences of pollinator-transmitted plant disease

NERC / UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Development of the light-focusing prism cells of California poppy

NERC / UF / OTHER

Glover Group: Iridescence in flowers – how and why?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Pellegrini Group: Ecosystem and biogeochemical reassembly after fire on peatlands

NERC / UF / OTHER

Pellegrini Group: The resilience of plant biodiversity to changing fire regimes

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: *Priority CASE Project* Sensing Natural Climate Solutions: Are Forests Leaking Carbon into Receiving Waters?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Chemical Diversity in Dissolved Organic Matter - Does it Stay or Does it Go?

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Exploring the role of fungi in mediating crop-weed interactions

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Invisible world: the biogeography of molecular and microbial diversity in European lakes

NERC / UF / OTHER

Tanentzap Group: Thawing Arctic: productivity and sources of carbon cycling in small lakes

NERC / UF / OTHER